Former X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu faces being deported to Zimbabwe following a Home Office ruling.
The 19-year-old singer, who was eliminated from the ITV talent show during last year’s series, was ordered to leave the UK after her mother Nokuthula Ngazana’s visa application was turned down.
Ms Nhengu and her family, who live in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, were hopeful they would be allowed to remain in their adopted country after the Home Office decided to reconsider her case in November.
The family’s lawyer Frances Farrell said the family were “disappointed” by the latest ruling, and an appeal would be lodged.
A statement said: “The decision will be vociferously challenged before an independent tribunal.
“No steps can be taken to remove our clients during the appeals process.”